Jangle Pop is a sound characterized by undistorted, treble-heavy electric guitars played in a droning chordal style (by strumming or arpeggiating) to create a bright evocative style.
Despite forerunners such as the Searchers and the Everly Brothers, the Beatles and the Byrds are commonly credited with launching the popularity of jangle. The name derives from the lyric “in the jingle-jangle morning, I’ll come following you” from the Byrds’ 1965 rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”.
In the 1980s, the most prominent bands of early indie rock were jangle groups such as R.E.M. and the Smiths. Around this time, the term “jangle pop” was sometimes conflated with “college rock”.
This was the alternative rock music played on student-run university and college campus radio stations located in the United States and Canada in the 1980s. The stations’ playlists were often created by students who avoided the mainstream rock played on commercial radio stations.
The bands of this category combined the experimentation of post-punk and new wave with a more melodic pop style and an underground sensibility. Artists as diverse as R.E.M., U2, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Camper Van Beethoven, The Smiths, XTC, The Smithereens, The Replacements, 10,000 Maniacs, and Pixies became some of the better-known examples by the close of the 1980s.
By the 1990s, the use of the term “college rock” for this style of music was largely replaced with the terms “alternative” and “indie rock”.
Smiths – Absolute Panic! (Live California 1986) LP Record Vinyl
Smiths – Hamburg Knows I’m Miserable Now – LP Record Vinyl Album
Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow (LP Record Vinyl Album)
Smiths – Kitchen Sink Dramas (Coloured Vinyl) LP Record Vinyl
Smiths – Live 15th September 1983 – LP Record Vinyl Album
Smiths – Louder Than Bombs (LP Record Vinyl Album)
Smiths – Meat Is Murder (Coloured Vinyl) LP Record Vinyl Album
Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (LP Record Vinyl Album)
Smiths – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (Coloured Vinyl)
The Coral – Move Through The Dawn – LP Record Vinyl Album
The Smiths – Tendastrisce Theatre, Rome, Italy 14th May 1985
The Smiths – The Old Guard BBC Sessions (LP Record Vinyl Album)
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